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Author:  khl [ Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:44 am ]
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So it's only October. Fine. I'm anxious for Christmas music and maybe you are also.

Once a week, from now till Christmas, I'm going to post a link to a Christmas tune on youtube--and perhaps a few more as we get closer to the time. (You're welcome to add links as well if you'd like). I'll try to find both interesting songs AND interesting video, but the songs will take priority.

Here's the first of the Season "Down in Yon Forest" sung by Joan Baez. (The video pictures themselves are not all that interesting here, but I love the tune and the way she interprets it.)

Down in Yon Forest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo4-bOxI_fg

The album this appears on is really nice, by the way.

[Moderators: If this is a bad idea or if it's problem in any way, please let me know, feel free to delete this, etc.]

Next week--something Irish, old but new.

Author:  Adrian [ Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:16 am ]
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What a good idea.

Gaudete is one of our favourites. This version is by Steeleye Span.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBZ8v9L8444

Author:  KittyR [ Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:14 am ]
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My most favorite Christmas song of all time is Christmas in the Trenches, by John McCutcheon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0LgjBauf70

Author:  Adrian [ Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:44 am ]
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Here is another old fav of mine that is a reminder that Chrismas is not about food and drink. It is 'The Christmas Song' by Ian Anderson who plays flute and mandolin on this song. The lyrics are below in case you can't make them out on the video.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zm9RmfN ... re=related

'The Christmas Song'

Once in Royal David’s City stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby.
You’d do well to remember the things He later said.
When you’re stuffing yourselves at the Christmas parties,
you’ll laugh when I tell you to take a running jump.
You’re missing the point I’m sure does not need making;
that Christmas spirit is not what you drink.


So how can you laugh when your own mother’s hungry
and how can you smile when the reasons for smiling are wrong?
And if I messed up your thoughtless pleasures,
remember, if you wish, this is just a Christmas song.

Author:  khl [ Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:07 am ]
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This week's posting:

The Wexford Carol

Allison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMaubOI5flk

Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast with soloist and a penny whistle (Burke high G) too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkES0BAt_4s

Author:  khl [ Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:28 am ]
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This week's carol: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK7DV5XH ... re=related

Author:  Jorg [ Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:26 pm ]
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One of my favorites is Kathy Mattea's version of Christ Child Lullaby. A little recorder action in this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T6CRmQuJ04

Author:  khl [ Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:11 am ]
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Thanks to all who've posted so far. Cool tunes.

A Baby Just Like You by John Denver
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkEYyuvrIPE

Sweet little song in its own way. (Recorder here also.)

Author:  Adrian [ Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:01 pm ]
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Cliff Richard has been an iconic pop star in the UK for decades now. He has been VERY upfront about his faith during his long career. This was one of his Christmas & New Year songs. The tune is a well known Celtic one, 'Auld Lang Syne'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1cG-4YS ... re=related

Author:  khl [ Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:26 pm ]
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Fum, Fum, Fum

First by Kathleen Battle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p82ms21Rc4Q

Then a version by a small ensemble with a soloist (also a recorder!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylN8iXUCrS0


And lastly, a group of school children singing their hearts out (most of the time): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s9TMaTjjlE

Author:  Adrian [ Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:18 pm ]
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The second version was a delight to watch and listen to. Thanks once again for a music treat. :thumbsup:

Author:  khl [ Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:45 am ]
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Candlelight Carol by John Rutter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMKYbSCXh8c

One of the most beautiful things around.

Author:  khl [ Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:54 am ]
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Angels Carol by John Rutter:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6HK3SKFuGY&NR=1

Another wonderful composition.

Author:  khl [ Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:07 am ]
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Cantique de Noel by Joan Baez
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUOYfRxV ... 9&index=48

I like versions of this by strong (operatic) voices like Domingo or Pavarotti, but the simplicity of this more folk song version is probably my favorite.

Author:  khl [ Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:12 am ]
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One I'd never heard before:

The Shepherd's Carol written by Bob Chilcott:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8N2YTikOsc

We stood on the hills, Lady,
Our day’s work done,
Watching the frosted meadows
That winter had won.

The evening was calm, Lady,
The air so still,
Silence more lovely than music
Folded the hill.

There was a star, Lady,
Shone in the night,
Larger than Venus it was
And bright, so bright.

Oh, a voice from the sky, Lady,
It seemed to us then
Telling of God being born
In the world of men.

And so we have come,Lady,
Our day’s work done,
Our love, our hopes, ourselves
We give to your son.

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